Click through all the below topics to find recommendations on tried-and-true places residents have had good experiences with. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to contact Meghana and it can be added to the list!

Car Mechanics

  • JR Automotive Repair: This guy comes to your house/apt, evaluates what is going on and will give you a list of parts (or gets them himself) and then comes back to fix the issue. He also has a garage if it’s too much to do mobile. 203-676-0057

Tailors / Dry Cleaners

  • Manchester Tailor Shop: he is quick and reasonably price. 121 Spruce St, Manchester, CT 06040. 860-649-2184
  • If you live in Park Place, the dry cleaning service is great with Best Cleaners. Go to the front desk, ask for a bag, fill it up and bring it back down to the front desk. They pick up and drop off every Tuesday & Thursday and you’ll get a message from the front desk when it’s ready to be picked up
  • Frank’s Tailor shop – Conveniently located in Bishop’s corner. 860-233-1003

Hair Dressers / Barbers

  • Matthew Phillips AVEDA salon – Ask for Shari, she’s the best!, 860-523-5261 (Ashlyn Kalies)
  • Avon Ulta Beauty – They are open late (sometimes until 10 pm!) and you can book online. 1-860-674-1835,
  • Hair Cuttery – super cheap and nice cuts. several locations available
  • The Lost Art Barbershop – Newington, CT, 860-578-9098
  • Annette Studio for Hair Design – Great hair cuts and blow drys. Can even get a Groupon for super cheap! 85 Park Rd West Hartford, CT 06119, 860-478-5431

Food & Drinks

Mediterranean / Halal 

  • Bear’s BBQ – if you like BBQ… this is the place for you. They offer a lot of options and combos and multiple different sauces. You can dine in or take out., 860-785-8772
  • Sayulita – South Glastonbury., 860-430-9941
  • Don Bigote – Plainville. The chimichanga is … amazing and the frozen margaritas are even better. 860-351-5250
  • Bar Taco – West Hartford hotspot., 860-586-8226
  • El Pollo Guapo – there are three locations, Hartford, Wethersfield and Glastonbury., 860-246-2800 (Hartford number)
A Little Bit of Everything
  • Market Place Kitchen and Bar in Avon – Great food and a great vibe! 860-470-3641
  • Maggie McFly’s – Glastonbury, 860-633-1104
Brunch / Breakfast
Ramen / Noodles
From the Sea
Wine / Beer / Breweries / Bars / Spirits

Nail Salon

  • New Paris Salon – 860-257-8972 
  • New Venus Salon – best for pedicures and super affordable 860-571-0120 
  • Anna’s Beautiful Nails and Spa – located in Bishop’s Corner, 860-232-0400
  • Heaven Nails & Spa – They do a great job and have great deals – you can get a pedicure for around $30 and gel mani for around $20. 7 Melrose Dr. Farmington, CT; 860-284-4499

Grocery & Food Delivery Service


  • Aldi’s – multiple locations including West Hartford, New Britain, East Hartford, Newington, Rocky Hill. Great quality food at a very cheap price.
  • Costco – prices are awesome, gas is so cheap and free samples are the BEST. There’s one in New Britain. Also, with the CAHC Purple Card, you get a discount on membership.
  • Hall’s Market – awesome deli, cheap meat., 860-232-1075
  • Royal Indian Grocery – Located in West Hartford. Authentic. 860-904-7989
  • Patel Foods – Located in Manchester. Large selection at very reasonable prices. 860-645-6100
  • Hartford has multiple farmers markets: check out the website to find out where and when:…/ADaRC/Publications/Farmers-Markets


  • Every Plate – Super affordable (~$4.99 a serving), very large portion sizes. You can pick different plans and they are a life saver when you are busy on floors and don’t want to plan meals and want simple instructions. Although they have options, they do not have as many options if you have certain diet restricts (i.e. completely vegetarian, vegan etc).
  • Go Puff – for everyday home necessities.
  • Insta Cart – order from numerous stores (for example, Costco, Stop & Shop, Price Rite, Aldi, Total Wine etc) and have it delivered to your house or apartment.
  • Peapod – great online grocery shopping for Stop & Shop and they will deliver items to you. Very convenient especially when you don’t have easy access to transportation.

Massages / Spas

  • Healing Hands Massage – Ask for Kirk, he is the ABSOLUTE best. There are often discounts on Groupon too! Conveniently located in Hartford, 860-499-0192, 
  • The Spa at Norwich Inn – spa, massages, nail services, pools. super relaxing! 860-425-3500/800-275-4772,
  • Water’s Edge Resort & Spa – beautiful views on the beach on the southern shore of CT looking over Long Island Sound, spa services, events, hotel, dining, entertainment., Resort: 860-399-5901, Reservations: 860-222-5901


  • Disability – we have an AWESOME deal offered to UCONN residents; it’s through Guardian Insurance and it has no medical exam/questionnaire. Respond to the emails sent from the program regarding this matter.
  • Amica – Auto, home and life policies. Ask for Christie Faircloth. Erika’s (Cardiology fellow) mom!


Make sure to check out “outside of work wellness and fun” for a full list of yoga and other activities in the area – here are just a few specifically mentioned by our residents

  • Meagan Hajjar, one of our former residents has offered to teach a free beginner one-on-one yoga class for those who want to learn yoga but don’t know where to start or don’t want to be in a class right away. She will teach basic poses and yoga principles at home! 339-222-2778
  • Highland yoga in Atlanta – they have online classes that are excellent and highly recommended by our very own Yogi, Meagan!

Eyelashes & Eyebrows

  • Lash Lab by Patrice – great for eyelash extensions!
  • Microblading Academy – many services available but recommended for micro blading and lash extensions. Located in Weathersfield. 855-767-6427,
  • GBS Threading Salon – great eyebrow threading –

Real Estate

  • Sara Musto –, 860-231-2600


  • Park Place Towers – 1-2 bedroom apartments which are very reasonably priced. deemed the “unofficial dorms of UConn” with many residents living it its two huge towers. Great full gym, laundry in each building, covered parking, an outdoor pool, and a small walking path. It is 0.9 miles from SF, 0.9 miles from HH, and ~5 miles from UC making it an excellent hub., 860-951-3400
  • Heirloom Flats – Beautiful, new apartments in Bloomfield with lots of indoor and outdoor amenities including a pool, BBQ, common space with a kitchen, full gym and a virtual golf area 833-216-0201
  • Hartford 21 – Downtown Hartford apartments with many amenities including a full 24 hour gym (with Peloton bike!), club room, game room, dog park and dog washing station, covered parking 860-598-8664
  • Broadleaf Blvd – pet-friendly beautiful apartments in Manchester with amenities that include a fire pit patio and grilling station, swimming pool and entertainment pool deck, common club room and kitchen 860-218-9876
  • Union Place Apartments – Fully renovated, pet-friendly, downtown apartments (studio, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments) at a great price. close to transportation, shopping, entertainment and restaurants. 860-278-6566